Photo: Courtesy of Ovation
You're this close to booking your wedding venue. But then, another location you'd looked at a few weeks back pops into your head, bringing loads of indecision with it. Heed this insider tip: Many venues offer an extra perk that just might help you seal the deal. Here are six of our favorite unexpected benefits to booking the city's top venues.
Sparkler exits send the couple off in style. But for the ultimate send off, look no further than Ovation. Since hitting the event-space scene last year on the western stretch of Fulton Street, Ovation's easily risen to the top of the city's options for hip, contemporary venues. Once the last song plays and the guests start stepping off the dance floor, the just-married couple get to end their night on a high note — being chauffeured to their bridal suite from the back of a 1959 white Rolls Royce. Read real brides' reviews here!
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Spiaggia is hot-off-the-heels of a grand reopening of their private event space. And the highly regarded Italian restaurant proves it's one of the top spots in the city for a wedding with fewer than 180 guests. Each wedding reception package option offers passed hors d'oeuvres, dinner courses, and an open bar. But if you splurge on the most extravagant package — the platinum — Spiaggia will welcome you back one year later with a complimentary dinner for your first anniversary. Saluti! Read real brides' reviews here!
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The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago
The glamorous hotel just off Michigan Avenue has no shortage of unique spots to host your big day. The Grand Ballroom stuns with a 400,000-crystal chandelier and a skyline view sparkling from the windows, while brides looking for something smaller (but still chic) can head up to the rooftop. Simply put: There are dozens of reasons to choose the Ritz-Carlton to host your wedding. Consider the fact that you can apply Ritz-Carlton Reward points to your honeymoon stay a cherry on top. Read real brides' reviews here!
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A stone's throw from the Chicago River and situated right on Michigan Avenue, this quintessential Chicago venue has to be on the list. What really sets it apart, however, is one special perk that'll show your appreciation for your parents. The hotel offers complimentary room upgrades to your parents and brand-new in-laws, so they can recover from the party in a roomy suite. Read real brides' reviews here!
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What was once a 19th century print shop is now a Michelin-starred restaurant — and easily the venue of your dreams. Spectacular food aside, you'll find a space that beautifully mixes the old and the new, with exposed brick walls next to stunning crystal chandeliers. Sepia is ideal for a small wedding of about 60 people, and if you host it in the months between January and April, they'll throw in a Champagne toast on the house. Read real brides' reviews here!
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The Streeterville hotel combines many style genres — from a funky lobby to contemporary event spaces. And the wedding-planning staff is ready to help at every turn. They offer a complimentary bridal suite for your first night as husband and wife. Plus, they'll deliver welcome bags to your guests at check in — one less thing to worry about as you're getting ready!